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David Samson: Marlins Looking at "Four or Five" Manager Candidates


                  MILWAUKEE -- Marlins president David Samson said the team has a list of four or five candidates for the manager's job. That list, Samson said, includes current manager Edwin Rodriguez.

                  Other than Rodriguez, Samson refused to divulge the names of any other candidates.

                  But it is believed Yankees bench coach Tony Pena and Padres bench coach Ted Simmons would be considered. The Marlins could also have interest in former manager Jim Fregosi and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen if he becomes available.

                  Guillen, however, has one year remaining on his contract with the White Sox, with a club option for 2012 -- the same year the Marlins move into their new ballpark -- and would be off limits to the Marlins if his status doesn't change.

                  "Obviously, we'd like a manager hired as we head into the off-season, as the team takes shape, as we head into the new ballpark," Samson said.

                  But Samson said it's uncertain how long the hiring process will take.

                  "It could happen quickly, or it could take time, and the reason is we'll go through a process of identifying the exact direction we want to go," Samson said. "And it's hard to know, as we sit today, how long that process will take. In terms of winnowing it  (the list of candidates) and deciding internally which way we want to go, it hasn't happened yet."

                   Samson said Rodriguez, who replaced fired manager Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, would be in the mix.

                    "It's been a three-month interview for Edwin," Samson said.

                    The Marlins have gone 43-41 since Rodriguez took over.